Saturday, October 23, 2010

Formerly Amish Sheriff Talks Tough in 'Sworn to Silence'

Review: SWORN TO SILENCE (Macmillan Audio 2009)
By guest blogger Star Lawrence
Author, Linda Castillo; read by Kathleen McInerney

Do you like mildly "chicklit" books starring former Amish people who wield the F-Bomb? Good news—this is a series now. Sheriff Kate Burkholder left the sect but still knows the players in this neck of Ohio and is determined to catch a killer of young women, both Amish and "English" (non-Amish).

Burkholder eventually hooks up with a state-level cop with his own demons. Oh—did I mention, that she thinks the killer may be a man who assaulted her and whom her Amish family "dispatched" to the next world—maybe—she had never really been sure he was dead? I didn't mention it? Well, it's true.

There is some hooking up (the mildly chicklit part) but nothing too icky. Two damaged souls bumping in the night.

We are not talking "Witness" here with dreamy sponge baths and barn raisings. More like where shall we stash the stiff. Kathleen McInerney does a fair job of reading without getting all girlish and inserting charming little pauses. I hate it when that happens.

Star Lawrence owns a recession site called Do the Hopey Copey ( and can be reached at

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